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IPV Side Effects

Common Side Effects

IPV has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, IPV was usually given at the same time as the DTP vaccine (an older version of the diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine). Therefore, it is difficult to determine exactly how much each vaccine contributed to the various side effects.
In these studies, the most common side effects with IPV (when given with DTP) included:
  • Irritability -- in up to 64.5 percent of people
  • Tiredness -- up to 60.7 percent
  • Tenderness at the injection site -- up to 29.4 percent
  • Loss of appetite -- up to 16.6 percent
  • Vomiting -- up to 2.8 percent
  • Persistent crying -- up to 1.4 percent
  • Redness at the injection site -- up to 1 percent.
It should be noted that this information comes from clinical studies of the IPOL® vaccine, which contains just IPV. Other IPV vaccines, like Pediarix®, Kinrix®, and Pentacel®, that contain other vaccines as well may have a different side effect profile.

Final Thoughts on IPV Side Effects

You or your child may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a vaccine that you have never received.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you or your child develops any problems after getting the vaccine, or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect of IPV, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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